The Night Hawks: A Ruth Galloway Mystery

Elly Griffiths. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $27 (352p) ISBN 978-0-358-23705-1
Early in Edgar winner Griffith’s tightly plotted, well-paced 13th Ruth Galloway mystery (after 2020’s The Lantern Men), Ruth, a forensic anthropologist who has just been appointed the head of the archaeology department at the University of North Norfolk, receives a call from Det. Chief Insp. Harry Nelson, her friend and former lover. Nelson asks her to come to Blakeney Point, where a group of “metal detectorists” known as the Night Hawks have found the body of a young man washed up on the beach. Her assistance is needed because the detectorists have also found what could be a hoard of Bronze Age artifacts and, after closer examination, another, much older body. Could either of these deaths be related to the apparent murder-suicide of a local doctor and his wife? The complex relationship between Ruth and the married Nelson, who’s the father of Ruth’s 10-year-old daughter, is handled intelligently, with no unnecessary melodrama, and serves as an intricate part of the finale. Police procedural fans will be more than satisfied. Agent: Kirby Kim, Janklow & Nesbit Assoc. (June)
Reviewed on : 04/08/2021
Release date: 06/01/2021
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
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